Nontuberculous mycobacteria (NTM) Control with Point of Use (POU) Filters

Nontuberculous mycobacteria (NTM) are environmental microorganisms that can cause infections, particularly in those with lung diseases or weakened immune systems. Nontuberculous mycobacteria are primarily acquired from the environment such as the water found in facilities.

A major challenge in managing NTM infections is their resistance to traditional disinfection methods, such as chlorination, monochlorination or chlorine dioxide. This resistance necessitates the use of alternative approaches like point-of-use (POU) filters for effective control, especially in high-risk settings like healthcare facilities.

The resistance of NTM to chlorine and similar disinfectants is due to their unique cell wall structure, which is more complex and lipid-rich than many bacteria. This cell wall may act as a protective barrier against chemical treatments. This makes it difficult to eliminate NTM through standard water treatment processes, and as a result, NTM can persist in water systems, posing a risk to vulnerable populations such as cancer or burn unit patients.

Medical-grade POU (FDA 510(k)-cleared to retain bacteria in water for emergency response at critical control points) filters provide the best solution to this problem in healthcare environments such as hospitals, nursing homes, and long-term care facilities where patients or residents may have compromised immune systems or other health conditions that increase their susceptibility to NTM infections. Medical-grade FDA 510(k) POU filters are designed to remove bacteria, including NTM, from water at the point where it is used, providing an the most important layer of protection for patients and residents.

By integrating medical-grade FDA 510(k) POU filters with other infection control measures, healthcare facilities can significantly reduce the risk of NTM transmission and ensure a safer environment for patient care. Contact Legionella Control Systems to identify the fastest, most reliable approaches to control NTM and other opportunistic waterborne pathogens.